New Jersey Appellate Division Limits Application of Parol Evidence Rule in Fraudulent Inducement Cases and Finds that Unsophisticated Fraud Claimant Can Only Be Charged With His Actual Knowledge

In a to-be-published opinion in Walid v. Yolanda for Irene Couture, Inc., the New Jersey Appellate Division reaffirmed and clarified the scope of the fraudulent inducement exception to the parol evidence rule. The court also clarified the level of knowledge to be imputed to a contracting party when assessing the reasonableness of that party’s reliance on the alleged misrepresentations.